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Blackberry-Lavender French Soda

blackberry-lavender soda

A heavenly combo of fruity, floral flavors.

Bartender Dan Sabo strikes the perfect balance of fruit and floral flavors in his blackberry-lavender soda recipe.


  • 1½ oz. blackberry purée
  • 1 oz. lavender syrup
  • 4-6 oz. chilled club soda
  • ½ oz. half-and-half
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:Collins
  • Garnish:3 blackberries, skewered on a pick


In a shaker, combine the blackberry purée and lavender syrup; add a few ice cubes and shake briefly. Add the club soda and strain into a chilled 12-ounce Collins glass filled with ice. Slowly add the half-and-half so that it creates an ombré effect. Garnish.

Note: You can use a 10-ounce glass if you want less soda water. Adding too much water will mute the fresh berry flavors, so add a little bit at a time to suit your preference.

Lavender Syrup: In a medium bowl, combine 24 to 30 fresh lavender leaves with 2 cups of hot water; let steep for about 15 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into an airtight container; add 2 cups of superfine sugar and stir until it dissolves. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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